General Spanky

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The Our Gang comedies accounted for more films than any other series, totaling 221 between 1922 and 1944. But just one of those outings provided big roles for America's favorite little pals: General Spanky, the gang's only feature film. Hoping to... read more

The Our Gang comedies accounted for more films than any other series, totaling 221 between 1922 and 1944. But just one of those outings provided big roles for America's favorite little pals: General Spanky, the gang's only feature film. Hoping to match the success of Shirley Temple's Civil War-based The Little Colonel and The Littlest Rebel, Hal Roach selected the same era and southern setting for General Spanky. Spanky (George McFarland), Alfalfa (Carl Switzer), Buckwheat (Billie Thomas) and others form an army called "The Royal Protection of Women and Children Regiment Club of the World and Mississippi River." The group sees unexpected action when Union troops approach, engaging in battles more farcical than fierce. Using clowning tactics instead of military tactics, the kids stop the advance...and later save an adult friend from the firing squad. As the war engulfs the South, gent and kids must battle foes both honorable and despicable. Our Gang's favorite teacher, Rosina Lawrence, co-stars. Directed by Gordon Douglas and Fred Newmeyer, General Spanky provides good times for young and young-at-heart Our Gang fans everywhere.

Original Release

12/11/1936

US Release

12/11/1936

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Cast

Phillips Holmes Marshall Valient
Rosina Lawrence Louella / Louella Blanchard
Ralph Morgan Yankee General
Irving Pichel Simmons
Hobart Bosworth Col. Blanchard / Colonel Blanchard
Robert Middlemass Overseer
James P. Burtis Boat Captain
Louise Beavers Cornelia
Willie Best Henry
Ernie Alexander Boat Passenger
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Gordon Douglas, Fred C. Newmeyer

Writers

Richard Flournoy, Hal Yates, John Guedel, Carl Harbaugh

Cast

Phillips Holmes Marshall Valient
Rosina Lawrence Louella / Louella Blanchard
Ralph Morgan Yankee General
Irving Pichel Simmons
Hobart Bosworth Col. Blanchard / Colonel Blanchard
Robert Middlemass Overseer
James P. Burtis Boat Captain
Louise Beavers Cornelia
Willie Best Henry
Ernie Alexander Boat Passenger
Hooper Atchley Slavemaster at Meeting
Harry Bernard Bit
John 'Uh huh' Collum Kid Army Member
Jack Cooper Bit
Richard DeNeut Kid Army Member
Von the Dog Von
Jack Dougherty Captain Haden - General's Aide / Capt. Haden - General's Aide
Rex Downing Kid Army Member
Alex Finlayson Bit
Bud Geary Sentry in Blanchard Home

Producers

Hal Roach Producer

Editors

Ray Snyder

1937 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
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